Stonewall Experiment; A gay psychohistory'
Cassell UK/USA 1995, 312 pages
is an exploration of the psychic life of gay men, from the Whitman
era to the AIDS crisis.
the self-images, motivations, behaviours and belief systems that
have shaped this newly developing community, poet and historian
Ian Young situates gay history in the broader context of contemporary
culture, using examples from street poetry to advertising, from
political pamphlets to Hollywood movies, to illustrate the powerful,
often unconsciously held, ideas that have influenced the behaviour
of gay men.
What role have
imagination and fantasy played in gay culture? Ideology and philosophy?
Or medicine, drugs and organized crime? In exploring these questions,
The book uncovers an array of myths shared by gay and straight alike
- myths of saints and outlaws, animals and assassins, race and contagion,
death and rebirth.
classic and neglected, by Wilde, Carpenter, Gerald Heard, Burroughs,
Rechy, Larry Kramer, George Whitmore and others are here reconsidered
in a new light as prophetic texts.
A unique book,
The Stonewall Experiment is both a study of gay life
in relation to modern history and an investigation into the psychic
origins of a plague.
- The introduction
from the author can be found here.
- Go for a
book review here.
- Click here
for an interview with Young.
you will find an article on poppers, adapted from the book.
article by Young can be found here.